Quintessential excellence

REPEAT BUSINESS: The team from Table 1 Espresso bask in the glory of their fifth successive Cafe of the Year win at the Hunter Local Business Awards.

REPEAT BUSINESS: The team from Table 1 Espresso bask in the glory of their fifth successive Cafe of the Year win at the Hunter Local Business Awards.

PROUD LEADER: For Table1 Espresso owner George James, the best part of award wins are recognition for his staff.

PROUD LEADER: For Table1 Espresso owner George James, the best part of award wins are recognition for his staff.

Five wins in a row since 2015 says it all for Cafe of the Year Table 1 Espresso, again crowned the Hunter's best cafe in 2019.

The latest honour comes off the back of being named Best Cafe in Australia last year at the Australian Small Business Champions Awards.

For proud owner George James, success is rich reward for his hardworking staff.

"My staff are my bedrock and foundation for everything we do and achieve, from our customer service, to our diverse menus, our comprehensive social media presence and just keeping the place running.

"It's makes it easy to take a holiday knowing the place is in good hands. It's an awesome achievement to win it five years in a row.

"We opened in 2015, and were awarded Best New Business in Australia and to follow it up like we have so consistently over the last five years is outstanding.

"And also our customers - we couldn't do what we do without their ongoing love and support."

Table 1 Espresso has two outlets - one in Newcastle, one at Warners Bay - and has carved out a niche for a globally-inspired menu featuring flavours from around the world, mouthwatering pancakes and desserts, classic breakfasts and an allround "Yum" factor.

All served up in a relaxed atmosphere where you're guaranteed to get great customer service to go along with your great meal, coffee or wine.

For George it's a formula for success and an addiction that he loves.

"I wake up 5.30am and am at the cafe by 6.30am every day working the floor and customers to about 3.30pm and then it's home to do the paperwork to about 8.30pm each night. I do that seven days a week and it's an addiction but a good addiction. I'm always researching things we can do to stand out from our rivals."

Table 1 Espresso is now in line for the Australian Small Business Awards again where they hope to take out Best Cafe for the third time in six years at a ceremony to be held at Star City Casino next April.

In the meantime, George is keeping his eye on opening a third outlet.

"We're always looking at expanding, but we're extremely careful about the location we choose," he said.

"We have a cafe in Newcastle and a cafe in Lake Macquarie and we're looking for a different region, with the Hunter Valley high on the list."

George also offered gratitude to the organisers of the awards.

"Precedent production put on fantastic show," he said.

"It's an honour to be nominated and to win is an outstanding achievement that we're all so humbled by."

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